March 1, 2010 Subject:
....Saturday Matinee Trash, Starring That Hollywood Sleezebag Barbara Payton..Read Her History.Ecch..!.Lousy Print, Lousy Acting All Around..Even GayBoy Burr Can't Help This Turkey Fly..!...3 Stars For The Only "Actor" In The Film..The Gorilla..!!
February 3, 2010 Subject:
There are no gorillas in South America, and there aren't any in this movie, nor is it the interspecies romance implied by its come-on title. A young and in this instance overacting Raymond Burr gets embroiled in a murderous love triangle, which results in a curse that turns him into a kind of wereape. (Alright, so it's a guy in a gorilla suit.) Uber-blonde Barbara Payton is the object of his illicit, animalistic passion. The story is set in tropical South America, however the interior sets and costumes make it seem more like suburban Dallas. There are no complaints about the cast or screenplay that provide a solid three-star's worth of offbeat entertainment. Compelling drama it's not, but it is a minor mindless pleasure that for many will bring back fond memories of '50s late-night TV. CAST NOTES: Lon Chaney (jr.) appears in the unusual role (for him) of a police inspector. B-movie leading man Tom Conway (Dr, Viet) had supporting roles in a number of major films such as "One Touch of Venus" (1948). He is best remembered for playing the title role in ten "Falcon" mysteries. Barbara Payton was one of several "blonde bombshells" who had the misfortune to be breaking into films just when Marilyn Monroe's career was beginning to blossom. At least seven of her fifteen movies are available on commercial DVDs, including the unusual si fi melodrama, "Four Sided Triangle."
September 2, 2008 Subject:
lacks a convincing jungle
Dull and somewhat plodding. It is well-acted though. Primarily it lacks surprises.
The jungle that is supposed to be intoxicating to Burr and threatening to everyone else is sadly lacking ..
The jungle that is "smiling, frowning, inviting, grand, mean, insipid, or savage, and always mute with an air of whispering, `Come and find out" to quote Joseph Conrad!
Woody Strode of 'The Professionals' makes a brief appearance..
November 7, 2006 Subject:
Could not really class this as a "horror" movie - wasn't scary enough. Reminded me more of plots for Grimm's fairytales, which I consider more gruesome. It was somewhat predictable. However, it was good light entertainment, and a pleasure to watch. Well acted, with a slightly creepy atmoshpere added by the native "witch" servant. The only characters that were stereotyped were the local workmen/villages, but they only got two appearances of only a couple of minutes. It was had to know if I felt sympathy for the protagonist, or that he received just punishment. Just who was the evil one in this movie? Having characters with both good and dark sides makes for a good movie.
Watch it for light entertainment, but don't expect too many chills up the spine.
August 24, 2004 Subject:
Bride of the gorilla
I enjoyed this movie. the story is about a murder which would have stay unpunished but for the spirits of the jungle. Although it may not be the orignal plan of its makers, you can see it as a good "parody" .